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Dish TV bringing live sports to the Internet is a monumental deal

By Shawn Knight
Jan 5, 2015
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  1. There's no shortage of services that let users watch TV and movies over the web but the one hurdle that has kept many from cutting the cord is sports. Up to this point, there hasn't been a reliable way to...

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,558   +598

    This really is huge. That's all I've been waiting for is a method to watch sports other than subscribing to one of the big 3 providers (Comcast, DISH and DirecTV). Looks like that time has finally come.
     
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  3. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +267

    The fact that this service is almost a la carte via add on services for a relatively small cost is just as huge for me. My biggest issue is of the few channels I actually watch regularly, they are almost all on the higher tier service which is almost a waste of money considering everything else I'm not watching...
     
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  4. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Addict Posts: 293   +69

    Sweeeeet! Now that it's done, Comcast and others carriers will probably follow suit and say "me too". Good for consumers.
     
  5. TitoBXNY

    TitoBXNY TS Addict Posts: 227   +48

    Great news indeed.
     
  6. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,750   +1,105

    I wonder how this works. Meaning... ESPN can sell the rights to their own programming, but can they give access to the NFL games they carry? The NFL isn't going to let someone show their games without getting their cut.
     
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    ESPN doesn't carry anything other than MNF and a playoff game here and there. That IS available on WatchESPN now, and to have access to that you have to have a supported cable provider. The NFL is greedy, so perhaps you are right, but ESPN doesn't cover a large amount of NFL games.
     
  8. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,547   +2,346

    The NFL isn't going to let ESPN broadcast much beyond what they do now. Allowing ESPN et. al. to broadcast a significant number of games would cut into their subscription rate for Sunday Ticket, as well as diminish CBS viewership.

    That said, wouldn't it be nice to have an a la carte NFL package, where you pay a flat rate of $5-10/mo. per team, following only those teams you want to see.

    One can dream.
     
  9. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,038   +269

    I'm a big ice hockey fan, but I cannot say that this package interests me. The ESPN channels carry a variety of games from various sports, but IMHO, there is not enough of any one sport to make it worth my while.

    Being a former DishNetwork satellite subscriber, this package sounds like the same sort of drivel that they used to provide via satellite. In other words, it seems like they are applying the same sort of marketing strategy to their streaming service that they apply to their satellite service. As I see it, this is not a true ala-carte scenario, and as such, it has channels that I could care less about. Of the 250 channels that were in the satellite package I had, my wife and I regularly watched maybe five of those. At the rate of about $86/mo. it simply was not worth it for us.

    Since the channel selection is so limited, I suspect that the included channels were the only ones with which Dish was able to negotiate a streaming contact. At least three of these channels, TNT, CNN, and TBS, are Time-Warner owned (note Time Warner has many more channels than this in their fold, like SyFy, USA, etc.), and I would not be surprised to find out that these particular channels are among the lower or lowest rated channels; if that is the case, then this deal is in TW's interest, but giving Dish higher rated channels to stream is not necessarily in TW's best interests. The ESPNs, ABC, and the Disney channels are owned Disney which, I suspect, has every interest in this deal since they do not own a wired or OTA distribution network - at least to the best of my knowledge.

    Now, if this were a true ala-carte package where each channel was say $0.99/mo and I could pick my own with no upper or lower limits on the number of channels and a much more varied selection, say it were possible to pick from the 250 channels in their top-tier satellite package, I might go for it.

    However, as I see this, this is some DishNetwork exec's pie-in-the-sky idea of cashing in on the streaming phenomena while offering no value for me - not that this package would not be valuable to someone else.

    As far as the NHL goes, it appears that you can get the full season streamed for $99.95 which is a much better deal than the NHL Center Ice package I could have gotten with my DishNetwork satellite subscription. IIRC, the price for NHL Center Ice was something like $150 for the season via satellite. https://gamecenter.nhl.com/nhlgc/se...e&navid=nav-gcl-main&intcmpid=nhl-gcl-mainnav
     
  10. Kevin82485

    Kevin82485 TS Booster Posts: 159   +41

    I read in a different article from the Washington Post that you will be able to watch NFL games on ESPN with SlingTV, you just won't be able to watch it on a mobile device that supports SlingTV.
     

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